Welcome to the HBS
Nancy Kelly MS, RN, CSN-NJ
Holland Brook School Nurse
Click here for calculator if you are Covid+ or a close contact to Covid: Calculator and Information on Quarantine and Isolation
ALERT: Please see message below about home test kit Not approved by FDA
Information from the 3/2/22 Dr. Hart Covid and Mask update letter: Please click here: Dr. Hart Parent Letter from 3/2/22
Starting, March 7, 2022 masks will be optional in all Readington Township Schools and on school buses.
In addition, masks will be worn by individuals returning from quarantine or isolation during days 6-10
It is critical to emphasize that optional masking means there are no rules against wearing a mask.
Contact Tracing, Quarantine, and Test-to-Stay
The Department of Health states exposed close contacts who have no COVID-19 compatible symptoms and who are not up to date with vaccinations should be excluded from school and;
• Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days (day 0 through day 5) after the last close contact with a person who has COVID-19. The date of the exposure is considered day 0. Return on day 6 wearing a mask for days 6 through 10.
• If COVID-19 symptoms develop, get tested and follow isolation recommendations.
• If asymptomatic, get tested at least 5 days after the last close contact.
o If the test is positive, follow isolation recommendations.
o If the test is negative, you can end quarantine after day 5.
o If testing is not available, you can end quarantine after day 5 (as long as there were no COVID-19 symptoms throughout the 5-day period).
Recall, exposed close contacts who have no COVID-19 symptoms, are up to date with vaccination, or have had COVID-19 within the last 90 days may remain in school. If you have not sent in Covid vaccinations to the school and would like us to have the information or proof that they had been Covid+ in the past 90 days, please send in a copy.
Test-to-Stay protocol that allows asymptomatic close contacts, who wore a mask at the time of exposure, to return to in-person school immediately so long as identified individuals follow the protocols. This includes:
• Testing on day 0 and day 5, ideally every-other-day,
• Adhering to strict mask wearing on day 0 through day 10. The district will accept a photo of an at-home test or a lab report of negative test results as part of the Test-to-Stay protocol.
The Hunterdon County Department of Health has opened a testing clinic on Reaville Avenue in Flemington.
Our school nurses are educated regarding the COVID-19 compatible symptoms and will assist families in making a determination if symptoms match COVID-19. Knowing that this is currently the beginning of allergy season, the district will accept an alternative diagnosis should the parent provide one. Please send in a doctor note or if on a physical from the doctor for their medical files for school.
NJDOH recommends that students with the following COVID-like symptoms be promptly isolated from others and excluded from school:
• At least two of the following symptoms: fever (measure or subjective), chills, rigors (shivers), myalgia (muscle aches), headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion, or runny nose;
OR • At least one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new olfactory disorder, or new taste disorder. Please remember to use the COVID Reporting Form found on our website to report a positive case of COVID.
At Home COVID-19 Testing Information/Registration.
Click here for Mask Info: How to care for your mask
Update March 7 Mask optional: Please send your child with two clean masks if they are going to wear them in their backpack. Be sure to change masks or clean them!
Parents: Every morning before school be sure to only send your child in if they are feeling well and the sibling should stay home if covid testing if not vaccinated or if proof they have had covid in the past 90 days. They may return to school if covid negative test or dr note proof of alternate diagnosis and feeling better.
When to keep your child home for illness
When your child is staying home please call:: Attendance Line (908) 823-0454 press 1 *Please leave your child's name, grade and nature of the illness, please follow below:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, any child with symptoms related to the virus including: fever, coughing, shortness of breath, sore throat, headache, chills, body aches, loss of taste or smells, abdominal pains, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, will need to be evaluated by their primary care physicians.
If the diagnosis is COVID positive, please contact the school immediately, fill out the Covid reporting form: Student COVID Reporting Form and call the Hunterdon Dept of Health at 908-824-0357.
If the diagnosis is NOT COVID positive (Covid negative), then the child will stay at home as per Readington District Policy for fever(100F), vomiting and/or diarrhea for a minimum of 24 hours symptom free without the use of fever reducing agents.
From NJDOH:COVID-19 exclusion criteria for persons who have COVID-19 compatible symptoms or who test positive for COVID-19:
Hunterdon Healthcare COVID-2019 Hotline: 908-788-6440 7 days a week 8am-8pm
Hunterdon County Health Dept webpage: Hunterdon County Coronavirus
NJ Hotlines & Helplines: COVID Hotlines & Helplines
CDC Websites for information on Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-2019): Coronavirus info
NJ Dept of Health: NJ Dept of Education
NJ parent COVID-19 link: NJ Parent link info
What you need to know NJ resources: What you need to know for NJ
- Stay home if your sick, please follow the 24 hour rule -Fever free for 24 hours without any fever reducing medication
- Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds
- Clean and disinfect commonly touched objects such as door handles, light switches, phones, remote controls etc..
- Cover your cough or sneeze (not with your hands); (if you use a tissue, do not reuse- throw away the used tissue)
- Notice signs of Flu-like symptoms or symptoms of COVID-19
- If seen by the doctor: Please provide the doctor's note and have them write the Diagnosis and if able to Return to School, if any restrictions for School and update the Health Office with any information.
See above COVID precautions recommendations and standard precautions:
When to keep your child home:
- A temperature of 100 degrees or higher you child MUST remain home.
- Your child must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications such as Advil or Tylenol.
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea -keep child home until 24 hours without any further vomiting or diarrhea.
- Any unusual rashes (should be evaluated by your health care provider.
- Treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis requires 24 hours of medication before returning to school.
- Strep Throat requires antibiotic treatment. Students must be on antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Earaches should be evaluated by your health care provider.